Wednesday, August 27th 2008

Classic Beauty: Trend-Proof Dresses

Frivolous, flimsy, flash-in-the-pan fashion? We're officially over it. Right now we're longing for something with substance, for trend-proof styles with serious staying power. Enduringly elegant numbers from noteworthy up-and-comers Jenni Kayne and Rachel Roy are just what we need to shake us out of our fashion funk, while Brian Reyes's ruffled shift makes a compelling case for love at first sight. And Calvin Klein? Well he pretty much wrote the book on time-honored classics with an untraditional twist. The styles you'll love now and forever? Find them right here, at the Designer Boutique.

Monday, August 18th 2008

How to Wear Fall’s Top Denim Trends

For some, fall is all about changing leaves and a chill in the air, but for denim-obsessed folk it means one thing: new jeans. And with designers getting creative with washes, distressing, and fine detailing, jean fanatics have good reason to indulge their obsession this season. Inspired ways to wear fall denim? Find 'em in the latest installment of our video denim series. Watch as shopbop Style Director Morgan walks you through uptown-influenced, downtown-glam, retro-cool, and boho-chic ways to wear fresh fall styles from established favorites Seven and Citizens and buzz-worthy up-and-comers Current/Elliott and Unknown Factory. Fall is all about denim. Find inspiration for your signature look right here, at shopbop.

Thursday, August 14th 2008

Designer Profile - Chris Benz

Chris Benz found inspiration for his fall line in Paris where he fell in love with the pulled-together, always personal style of French women. Benz designed with this quirky-chic sophisticate in mind, bringing us an eclectic collection of vintage-cool zig-zag knits, bold, batik-inspired prints, and acid-bright coats balanced by classically elegant pencil skirts, smart trousers, and clean-lined blouses. A mature, nuanced collection, Benz's fall line proves he's worthy of all the attention he's garnered since his catapult to fashion fame just a few seasons back. But don't take our word for it: see the Chris Benz fall collection for yourself, right here, at the Designer Boutique.

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Tuesday, August 12th 2008

High Volume

Two years ago, the new kid on the pants block was the skinny, and a few years before that, it was the low-rise boot-cut. But this year is turning up the volume in a big way. The wide leg that made its way into the denim world last season is getting super-sized this fall in pleated trousers by Alice + Olivia, plaid pants by Karen Zambos, and the ultimate in incredible volume by VPL. It's the trend that will define your look this season, so get in on it today, at shopbop.

Tuesday, August 12th 2008

Mike & Chris Redefines Casual Chic this Fall

If husband and wife design team Mike Gonzalez and Christine Park-Gonzalez created Mike & Chris intending to reinvent the hoodie, they approached their fall 2008 collection with the notion to redefine casual chic. The leather concoctions the duo have become known for are still there (and even more incredible), and they've added cozy, unique tops and dresses to the mix. Our favorite new addition, however, comes in the form of urban-cool footwear, like the ankle-wrap ballet and hidden-platform bootie both with coolly unexpected buttons. Where to get the full effect of Mike & Chris's expanding repertoire? Right here, at shopbop.

Monday, August 11th 2008

FALL TRENDS: The Season’s Best Looks in One Place

Way back in February, we watched the runway shows with their tactile textures, artful prints, and new take on ombré, and we knew we'd have to wait six long months before we could get our hands on the goods. Well, they've started to arrive, and to help you in your fall fashion frenzy, we've picked out the hottest trends and put them all in one place. Looking for the gritty, edgy ensembles that graced the Alexander Wang runway? Then check out Grunge & Leather. How about the far-away looks from Mara Hoffman? You'll find them in Folk Tales. And we've got the season's must-haves, denim darlings, and accessories, too. Not enough? We even teamed up with Benefit Cosmetics to bring you the season's beauty secrets. Fashion's sweetheart season has officially begun. Get inspired by the Fall Trends, only at shopbop.

Sunday, August 10th 2008

Opening Ceremony Shoes: Classic Styles With Downtown Attitude

1_openingceremony_08_12_08 The torch, the horn section, the finest athletes from the world over filing in? Frankly, we find it to be kind of a yawn. The Opening Ceremony that moves us? The kind that designs our favorite new shoe line. Because refined motorcycle boots and '80s-inflected jazz shoes to glossy patent go-go boots, Opening Ceremony's perfected the art of classic styles with downtown attitude. What's more, they've made them exclusively for us. The gold medal for most inspired footwear line? We think it should go to Opening Ceremony, and you can only get it right here, at shopbop.

Saturday, August 9th 2008

VPL’s Utilitarian-Chic Styles

Stylist Victoria Bartlett challenged the fashion world with an innovative concept of sexy when she launched her VPL line in Fall of 2003. Equal parts utilitarian and feminine, her inspired collection incorporates architectural components of vintage undergarments including sliders, elastics, and zigzag stitching. Designed to be mixed, matched, and layered for a uniquely personal look, VPL is created for a woman who eschews traditional notions of sexiness yet exudes a sensuality all her own. Intrigued? You should be. See new fall VPL, right here at shopbop.

Friday, August 8th 2008

Get Ripped! Fall’s Essential Distressed Denim

We love the effortless cool of a distressed jean. But the effort (and time) it takes to get that worn-to-perfection look on our own? Not so much. Thankfully, denim designers give lazy, impatient folks like us a fashionable shortcut this fall, offering up a host of authentic-looking distressed styles with artful abrasions, rips, and holes. Fashion-forward ways to wear distressed denim? Find 'em in the just-updated Denim Guide, along with new staff picks, top trends, and fit tips. The latest and greatest in denim? It's in the Denim Guide, right here at shopbop.

Friday, August 8th 2008

Great Moments in Shopbop Personal Style

No offense to my former employers, but mandatory, all-staff gatherings at other places I’ve worked have hardly been occasion for sartorial inspiration. But here? Well let’s just say our quarterly meeting, 'The Big Skinny,' should have been subtitled 'Great Moments in Personal Style.' (Not that I wasn’t riveted to the slideshow presentation, of course.) Some favorite looks from fellow shopboppers above.

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